Travel Impressions from Florence
A small, cobbled street city surrounded by some incredible pieces from the Italian Renaissance while enjoying a scoop of gelato and browsing the shops along the Ponte Vecchio, there is a reason why Florence is on everyone’s bucket list. Enjoy a few pictures from a recent trip while our founder answers to the FAQs.
Are three days enough to spend in Florence?
You can’t see everything in Florence in three days. With that said, if you plan ahead with a travel advisor you’ll be able to maximize your time and see the highlights. An ideal stay would be four nights, five days that way you can spend two full days exploring the city and enjoy a day trip to Siena, Tuscany, Pisa, or Lucca.
Where is your favorite place to stay?
Each hotel in Florence offers something unique to that property. You could say, Florence holds a special place in my heart. My family loves traveling there and it’s where one of my sisters were married. It’s hard to choose just one, so I will share my top five (in no particular order): Four Seasons Hotel Florence, J.K. Place Firenze (as of 1.14.21 now known as The Place Firenze), Belmond Villa San Michele, Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel, and Portrait Firenze, part of the Lungarno Collection.
I’ve got one day in Florence, what do I do?
There are two must-see museums: Uffizi Gallery, filled with an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and The Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s statue of David. Be sure to reserve your tickets ahead of time to avoid the long lines. For lunch either grab a panini from All’Antico Vinaio or some pizza from Gustapizza. Next stroll along the Duomo to marvel at this gothic style cathedral while making your way to the Ponte Vecchio. End your day with an incredible meal at either La Giostra, Osteria Santo Spirito, or Borgo San Jacopo.
What is your favorite shop on the Ponte Vecchio?
The Ponte Vecchio is a historical bridge that survived WWII completely unscathed. Today it’s lined with incredible jewelry shops where goldsmiths have plied their trade for several centuries. My favorite jeweler is Mr. Sergio Vaggi, who opened his shop (S. Vaggi) back in 1965 and is still present today. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and pick out a beautiful piece of jewelry that you’ll remember fondly of your time spent in Florence.